The west coast of Ireland is truly unlike any other. The ‘Wild Atlantic Way’ is a fitting name and tribute to this timeless, awe-inspiring coastline. Cruising around Galway Bay you don’t just get to see Galway City, you also get to experience some of the most beautiful parts of Clare including the Burren, which cannot be fully captured from the land. In fact, on a day where there isn’t a cloud in the sky, you might even catch a glimpse of the Cliffs of Moher – if you’re really lucky!
Looking back at the outline of this medieval city while sailing away you get a completely different experience than you do from walking the city or the promenade. Enjoy sailing out past The Long Walk and Nimmos Pier. This pier was named after its creator, Architect Alexander Nimmo, and stretches 512 metres. From the top of the pier you will be able to see right across the Claddagh Basin, the Long walk and so much more.
After the hustle and bustle, buskers and buzz, escape to the sea and enjoy the calm waters of Galway Bay with the crew of the Galway Girl. Immerse yourself in the beat of the traditional live music onboard, with the sounds rising above the waves. Lose yourself in the local stories passed down through generations of seafarers and practice your cúpla focal with our crew, who love having the craic. You will learn about Galway Bay’s rich history – from wool trading to whiskey smuggling – from passionate locals who tell the stories like no other, having grown up with them. There is no better way to get a true sense of the history and culture of Galway than being out on the water and hearing the tales for yourself.
Back on dry land again, why not make a stop at Freddy’s (https://www.freddys.ie), one of Galway’s oldest pizzerias and a beloved eatery in the city. Located in the heart of the Latin Quarter, it has been in the same family since it was opened more than three decades ago. It also has some of the most delicious pasta in the city, including a true Italian Bolognese. Wander across the way into 1520 (https://1520.ie), a bar with a great mix of historic and contemporaryGalway! They even have one of the original medieval walls running right the way through the bar and hidden in the little nooks and crannies.
As Covid-19 restrictions ease, we look forward to seeing a return to the cultural activities and festivals that earned Galway the title of ‘festival capital of Ireland’!
The Galway Girl crew look forward to welcoming you to Galway…
For ceol agus craic on Galway Bay, join the Irish-speaking crew onboard the Galway Girl and set sail on a voyage of cultural discovery, music and spectacular scenery [link to Cruises]